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- Created 2012-03-03
Kelly Brianne Blackstock
; born April 24, 1982), is an American singer-songwriter and occasional actress. In 2002, she came to prominence after winning the
, and has since been established as "The Original American Idol". Her debut single, "
A Moment Like This
", topped the US
and broke the record for the biggest jump to number one in the chart's history; it became the best-selling single of the year in the country. She became the runner-up of
the following year.
Clarkson's debut studio album,
(2003), has been certified 2× platinum and sold over 4.5 million copies internationally. Its lead single, "
", became an international hit, earning Clarkson her first
nomination. She developed a rock-oriented sound with her second album,
(2004). It was certified 6× platinum and sold over 15 million copies worldwide, earning Clarkson two Grammy Awards, including one for the hit single "
Since U Been Gone
". She took full creative direction of her third album,
(2007). Its lead single, "
", became a top ten hit. Clarkson's fourth album,
All I Ever Wanted
(2009), became a critical and commercial success. Its worldwide hit single, "
My Life Would Suck Without You
", surpassed "A Moment Like This" for the biggest leap to number one on a single week in the history of the
Hot 100 Chart from number 97, a record it still holds today. Her fifth album,
(2011), generated international chart-topping singles "
Mr. Know It All
" and "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)", with the latter being the second-best selling
single to date with over four million downloads in the U.S. The album won the Grammy Award for
Best Pop Vocal Album
, making Clarkson the first and only artist to win the award twice. In 2012, Clarkson released
Greatest Hits – Chapter One
; its lead single, "Catch My Breath", is her twenty-fourth entry on the Hot 100 and her eleventh million-selling single.
Clarkson has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. In a career spanning over a decade, Clarkson has accumulated ninety-one number ones on the
charts, and eleven number one singles worldwide. She is known for her vocal versatility and range. Her music has mainly dealt with themes of heartbreak, independence, and self-empowerment for women and young teens. Apart from her work in music, Clarkson has also ventured into television and film. Clarkson's film debut was in the romantic musical
From Justin to Kelly
(2003) and she also appeared in
as a guest advisor, on
as a mentor and judge. Clarkson's musical work has also gained her numerous accolades, including three
MTV Video Music Award
Billboard Music Award
American Music Award
s and a
Women's World Award
. In 2012, Clarkson was ranked nineteenth on
's list of "100 Greatest Women in Music. " In 2013, Clarkson was ranked number 105 on Joel Whitburn's "Top 500 Artists Of All Time," and number 75 on Billboard's "Hot 100: Top 100 Artists. "
also ranked Clarkson as the 14th-best-selling artist of the 2000s and one of the top 200 album sellers of the Nielsen SoundScan era at number 187.
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